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RB Ahmad Bradshaw returns to practice


In Wednesday's pre-practice press conference, Tom Coughlin gave two blunt affirmations.

Will Ahmad Bradshaw practice?

"Yes," the head coach said of the running back who missed last week's game in Carolina due to a neck injury suffered in Week 2.

Will he start?

"Yes," he said later on.

Bradshaw was one of 10 players listed on the pre-practice injury report, but if all goes according to schedule this week, he will be on the field in Philadelphia as the Giants look to improve to 3-1 against the Eagles.

As for Andre Brown, who rushed for two touchdowns and more than 100 yards against the Panthers in place of Bradshaw, Coughlin said he "definitely" has earned a role on the offense now. Coughlin is also no stranger to playing multiple capable backs.

"One year we had three guys," Coughlin said. "There's a long, long way to go. We're just happy that we've had an opportunity to develop some players, and they will all have a chance to contribute."

He added: "At this point in time, it'll be according to how will we plan to use them. Then naturally we reserve the right to who has the hot hand. So many times that's been Ahmad that's been in that situation, and certainly that's helped."

*Coughlin said Corey Webster (hand), Domenik Hixon (concussion), Antrel Rolle (knee) and Adewale Ojomo (hamstring) will all practice.

*Hakeem Nicks, as scheduled, won't practice today but will have "his day" on Thursday, Coughlin said.

*David Diehl, recovering from a knee injury, will work on the side during Wednesday's practice.

*Jayron Hosley and Keith Rivers will not practice, while Michael Coe will be "controlled" if he practices. All three are working through hamstring injuries.


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